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6 Modes of Local Transportation in the Maldives - From taxis, ferries to yachts!

The islands of the beautiful Maldives can be covered on foot as they are quite small and petite. Therefore, you will not find any services where you can rent cars although taxis tend to operate on the bigger islands. Here is a guide taking you through the local transport system of the Maldives.



Like aforementioned, bigger cities like Male as well as Addu, have a proper network of roads allowing for efficient taxi services. It is quite easy to hail down a taxi in the capital city which will give you an air-conditioned and comfortable ride to your destination. If you have to use the car boot, you might be charged an extra fee around MVR 10. You can also share taxis with people too.



Another cheap option to travel around will be ferry transfers. This is the best way to commute from one island to another and fares range between MVR 25 to MVR 60 for a five-hour journey. Most often, you might have to board a ferry to get to your accommodation from the airport. Some of the Maldives luxury resorts are known to arrange transport for you. For instance, you can check out a property like Adaaran Prestige Vadoo.



There is nothing that offers as much freedom as cycling on the smoothest paved paths alongside breathtaking coastal sceneries. These pathways are often shaded by coconut trees amongst a very tranquil and peaceful environment. You will be breathing lungfuls of fresh and clean air and a cool breeze will slap your face which is very welcoming at a tropical destination. You will be able to head to all the nooks and crannies of the Maldives which you will not have been able to explore otherwise.



There are bus services here in the Maldives and operated predominantly by the Maldives Transport and Contracting Company. The buses are the cheapest options to travel around. Ticket prices usually start at around MVR 3 in many of the islands. You also have the facility to hop on the shuttle buses from the Maldives airport and head to the places you are interested in.


The Speed boats

Nothing gets better than a speedboat. It is a thrilling ride and you will be crossing the ocean, bobbing up and down, at great speeds. If you would like to head over to your destination quite quickly, ditch the ferry and opt for a speedboat. As you might have already expected, the fare is a lot more expensive than ferries.



If you don't mind splurging a little, maybe a little more than that, then you have to experience the yachts. It is going to be the best ride here in the Maldives and rightfully so. You will have a look luxurious experience with world-class comfort. This ride will take you to remote islands as well as isolated coral systems. You can hire your own yacht and head out with a group of people. The rate will vary depending on the size, services and facilities provided.

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